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Editorial: Cliff diving

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With the fiscal cliff resolution Congress passed recently, the can was kicked down the road. Minor cuts were made and taxes were increased. Combined with the impending effects of Obamacare, the financial future of America is getting dimmer by the moment. Instead of fearing the fiscal cliff, legislatures went cliff diving.

It has continually been the argument of this administration that the deficit was caused by a revenue problem, not a spending problem. How much sense does that make to hard working taxpayers? If the average American spends more than they bring home each week, are they spending too much or just not making enough? Every family sits at home, balances their checkbooks, and often prays they get by, but they make responsible decisions. This administration does not.

They have also stated that lowering taxes on anyone creates deficit spending. This works in conjunction with their revenue versus spending mentality. They refuse to spend less, so letting taxpayers keep more of their own money is out of the question. Taking in less revenue means they must borrow more. Does anyone see the flaw in this logic?

It’s a broken mentality in Washington. Republicans vote for big government and Democrats push for even bigger government. The federal government has become the Super Walmart for cradle to the grave care. Remember the ‘Life of Julia’ that the president’s reelection campaign produced? From the moment you’re born until the moment you die, government takes care of your every need.

How is this bad? Foremost, it removes responsibility. Whenever people don’t have to make rational decisions or live with the consequences thereof, they don’t need responsibility. Why balance your checking account if you can just get a bailout. Why buy a house you can afford? There’s a bailout for that too. Want to live a life of promiscuity? There’s a way to abort that decision too.

Aside from removing personal responsibility, it removes community. For centuries the American people prided themselves in taking care of their fellow man through neighborhoods and churches. When someone was down, the people next door fed them. Welfare checks were blindly sent from an office somewhere, people were taken care of based on their needs from those around them who cared.

Now society says let government do it all. They ignore the poverty next door because they pay taxes for that. They live their life the way they want to, without repercussions because there’s a government bailout for that. People no longer stand up and do what’s right for the sake of being a respectable person, they do what they want and society is told it must tolerate anyone’s actions. No matter what decisions you make, it’s a product of your childhood or a lack of medication, and blaming you for those decisions makes society racist, judgmental, sexist, etc.

What Congress did with their fiscal cliff decision was simply to continue to act without consequences. All of their special interests will be covered. The path to bankruptcy the country has been on is not only still the course we’re heading, but it’s still full speed ahead. Raising taxes on business owners will perpetuate this dismal job market and unemployment rate. Refusing spending cuts will continue the annual deficit spending. Obamacare brings a whole new bag of surprises including tax increases, penalties, and things like the government tracking your personal behaviors to affect your future coverage.

Freedom is dwindling as financial chains restrain the American people. A debt driven society is slave to the creditor. How can the land of the free continue to claim liberty while its leaders leave it further indebted? The thing about freedom is that it is not guaranteed and it is always fleeting. As Ronald Reagan once warned “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

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